So that we can be true to our purpose and offer our users a genuine experience of the world, we are asking all videos to adhere to certain basic guidelines:
They must be your own - no recycling what's already out there
They should show what it's really like to walk along a path, or a street, as if the viewer was there by your side. Cycling is also fine.
Panoramic shots, or a combination of both, are also fine. The aim is to provide a genuine experience of a place.
There must be no commentary - just the sights and sounds of what it's really like to walk down that path or street.
No chatter in the background, eg between you and people who may be with you while you walk.
Videos don't have to be of well-known, exceptional or special places - they can just be special to you.
What do YOU want to show? Provide a short description about what the video shows, and why it matters to you.
It's best to keep your videos short, ideally under 3 minutes.
Hold the camera or smartphone horizontally: it will make for a better video.
Hold the camera steady. Avoid making fast movements, particularly if taking panoramic shots.
Keep background noise to a minimum: the sounds of your surroundings are fine, but people chatting in the background isn't great.
Be sensitive to privacy: bear in mind that others might not wish to appear in your videos.*
Watch where you're going: your safety (and that of those around you) is more important than getting the perfect footage
Be smart: if there are people around you, some of them might like the look of your phone
Don't film where you're not supposed to, eg military facilities, or inside private property (unless it's yours, or you have permission)
Try to get a good video - but don’t try to get the “perfect” video. Remember, you are capturing a moment in time in a particular place, not making a professional video.
* Your videos should be of places, not people. Please be sensitive to the privacy of those who may appear in your videos, who may or may not realise that you are filming. In particular, we don’t want to overhear private conversations or see people in unflattering situations. We may remove videos at our discretion, if necessary.